VB Notes: Cats Return Home, Face West Virginia in Bramlage

MATCH PREVIEW
OCT 10, 2 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR
WEST VIRGINIA
MOUNTAINEERS
5-11 (0-3 Big 12)

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
9-7 (1-3 Big 12)

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AT A GLANCE
After back-to-back road matches, K-State returns to action in Manhattan with a 2 p.m. contest on October 10 against Big 12 foe West Virginia.
The Wildcats enter Saturday with losses in their last two matches and in six of their last seven.
West Virginia arrives in the midst of a five-match losing streak, including three defeats in conference play.
K-State is 4-0 at home this season, with three of the victories being sweeps.
West Virginia is 4-7 in road/neutral matches.
The Wildcats’ last loss at home is also the last Big 12 win for West Virginia (Nov. 29, 2014, 3-2).

HOME IS WHERE YOU MAKE IT
For the fourth time this season, and seventh time over the last two years, K-State will play inside Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats are 10-0 all-time in the home of K-State men’s and women’s basketball.
K-State has dropped only one set in the 10 matches, going 30-1 in sets.
Saturday will be the second time K-State has played a conference match in Bramlage, with the first occurring nearly 10 years ago exactly - or 3,654 days ago (October 8, 2005 vs. Iowa State).

BRAMLAGE OFFENSE
In its first three matches this season in Bramlage Coliseum, the Wildcats averaged 16.30 kills/set on a .310 hitting percentage.
K-State also averaged 1.50 aces (15 aces total), 17.20 digs and 2.40 blocks.
The Wildcats have hit .300 or higher in five of the 10 sets in Bramlage while their opponents have an attack percentage of .200 or lower in six sets.
In the 10 all-time K-State matches in Bramlage, the Wildcats are averaging 16.3 kills/set on a .320 hitting efficiency.
Opponents, meanwhile, average 12.03 kills/set on a .147 hitting percentage in Bramlage (12.4/set, .171% this season).

TAKING ON THE UNRANKED
Since 2011, K-State has won 41 of its last 47 home matches against unranked opponents (.872 winning pct).
While K-State is 4-0 this year against unranked opponents at home, the Wildcats were 9-3 in 2014, 8-1 in 2013, 11-1 in 2012, and 9-1 in 2011.
Over the last six seasons (since 2010), the Wildcats are 49-10 (.831) against unranked teams at home.

ALUMNI WEEKEND
K-State volleyball will welcome back more than 60 former student-athletes this weekend as part of its Alumni Weekend.
The group of alumni represent five decades of K-State volleyball history and come from 12 states.
The alumni will be recognized during the volleyball match as well as the K-State football game vs. TCU on Saturday evening.

NICE DIGS
K-State managed to hold Iowa State to a .179 hitting percentage on Wednesday, due in part to its 69 digs.
The 69 digs were the most for K-State in a three-set match since November 20, 2002 vs. Oklahoma (71).
The Wildcats, who lead all Big 12 teams with 16.94 digs/set this season, have 60 or more digs in nine of their 16 matches this season (12 in 31 contests in 2014).
K-State has two of the highest dig totals recorded by a Big 12 team in any match this year as well (1. 118, 8/29/15 vs. Illinois State and 5. 85, 9/20/15 at Creighton).
The Wildcats are second in the Big 12 with 18.07 digs/set in conference-only contests.

DOUBLE-DIGIT QUARTET
In the Iowa State match, four Wildcats had double-digit digs, led by Katie Brand’s 15.
It was the sixth time this season that K-State had four or more players notch 10 or more digs in a match (twice last season).
Along with Brand, the other Wildcats with 10 or more digs on Wednesday were Brooke Sassin (14), Bryna Vogel (13), and reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, Kersten Kober (10).
Kober is fifth in the Big 12 with an average of 4.42 digs in overall matches while Brand is ninth (3.10) and Vogel is 10th (3.06).
Sassin is third on the team with 2.77.
In conference-only matches, Kober is third in digs/set (5.80) while Vogel is seventh (3.53).

ALL AROUND
Brooke Sassin has turned into one of the more standout all-around players in the Big 12 this season.
The junior leads K-State with 224 kills and 3.61 per set while also tallying 172 digs, 10 aces and 29 blocks (0.47/set).
The outside hitter, who is fourth in the Big 12 in kills/set for overall matches, is the only player in the conference averaging more than 3.0 kills/set and 2.5 digs/set.
Sassin is also second in the Big 12 with nine double-doubles, trailing teammate Katie Brand (11).
Her 172 digs so far this season are already a career-high while she has added more than 0.8 kills/set to her season average from a year ago (2.79 in 2014).

BIG 12 LEADER
For the sixth time in the last seven matches, Katie Brand recorded a double-double on Wednesday at Iowa State, giving her a Big 12-best 11 this season.
The redshirt junior has a double-double in each of the last two matches.
Wednesday was Brand’s third double-double this year in a three-set match and 12th in her career.
The setter has 42 career double-doubles, the sixth-most in school history.
She is one shy of tying Gabby Guerre (43 from 2001-04) for fifth on the all-time list.
Brand has 11 or more double-doubles in each season of her career, including a career-high 20 last year.

TEAM DOUBLE-DOUBLES
As a team, K-State has 28 double-doubles, with Bryna Vogel contributing seven and Katie Reininger adding one in addition to Brand and Sassin’s totals.
The 28 double-doubles are the most for the Wildcats in a season since 2011 when they had 36.
This year is also the first time since 2001 that K-State has three players with seven double-doubles each.
In 2001, four Wildcats - Jennifer Pollard (13), Lisa Mimick (12), Gabby Guerre (11), Liz Wegner (11) - had 10+ double-doubles.

K-STATE NATION
Entering the weekend, K-State remains among the nation’s leaders in several categories, including 11th in kills per set (14.37), 18th in digs per set (16.94), and 30th in assists per set (13.10).
Similar to the team, setter Katie Brand is 30th in Division I with her 11.05 assists/set.
Brand’s total assists (685), meanwhile, are the 38th-most in the country and most in the Big 12.

GOOD POINTS
Katie Brand has been able to contribute beyond the assists as well as the redshirt junior is first among Big 12 setters in points, kills, digs and blocks.
Brand is averaging 1.67 points/set in conference play, up from her non-conference average of 1.59.
She has 6.0+ points in 10 matches this year.

RPI RANKINGS
In the first official RPI rankings of the season, K-State checked in at No. 51 this past Monday.
The Wildcats have played four non-conference opponents in this week’s top-50, including No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 20 Creighton, No. 28 Arkansas and No. 42 Miami.
K-State is 1-6 against this week’s top-50, with the one win being over No. 32 Baylor on September 26.
West Virginia is No. 137 in the RPI.

WEST VIRGINIA SERIES
K-State leads the all-time series against West Virginia, 4-2.
The Wildcats and Mountaineers have split the season series over the last two years, with K-State winning in Morgantown last year before dropping the regular season finale against the Mountaineers in Manhattan.
Both of last year’s matches were played to five sets.
Of K-State’s four wins against West Virginia, three are in straight sets.
The first meeting between the two schools took place on September 27, 2012 (K-State won, 3-0) in Manhattan.